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The New York Mets' stunning start has them on the verge of matching the team record for consecutive victories.

Looking for their 11th straight, they can also match the 1986 team's 16-game start when they host the Atlanta Braves on Thursday.

Lucas Duda delivered a go-ahead single in the eighth inning, Wilmer Flores hit a tying homer in the seventh inning and Juan Lagares extended his hitting streak to nine games as the Mets beat the Braves 3-2 on Wednesday.

The Mets (12-3) last won 11 in a row in June 1990, and their 13-3 burst out of the gate in '86 led to their last World Series title. New York's start is its best since that season.

"It's unbelievable, coming to the ballpark every day. Just a great feeling when you walk in the doors. It's just fun. There's no other word to describe it,'' a smiling Duda said. ''It's pretty special. It's hard to do.''

The ageless Bartolo Colon (3-0, 2.25 ERA) also has milestones in his sights, as he'll try to be the first pitcher in the majors to four wins. Far removed from his early flamethrowing days, the right-hander can also become the sixth starter 40 years or older to start 4-0 since 1914.

Roger Clemens was the last to do it for Houston in 2004.

"Now I'm a better pitcher because I can command the situation a lot better than when I used to," the 41-year-old Colon told MLB's official website.

After allowing four runs over 13 innings to win a pair of road outings, Colon surrendered one run in seven innings of Friday's 4-1 home victory over Miami. He's walked one and struck out 18.

Colon faces the Braves for the second time in three outings after giving up three runs over seven innings of a 4-3 victory at Turner Field on April 12. He's 5-2 with a 2.25 ERA in seven career meetings.

Andrelton Simmons and Freddie Freeman have both gone 6 for 13 against Colon over the past two years. Jonny Gomes hit a solo home run off him in the first meeting this season and is 8 for 21 with three homers lifetime in the matchup.

A.J. Pierzynski was 3 for 3 with a double Wednesday and has gone 9 for 23 while recording at least one hit in his six contests. Atlanta, however, has totaled three runs in the first two games of the series.

The Braves (8-6) turn to Julio Teheran (2-0, 3.71) as they try to avoid getting swept in three straight at Citi Field for the first time since April 2012. Teheran is looking to regroup after allowing five runs and seven hits - including a career-high four homers - in a come-from-behind 8-7 win at Toronto on Friday.

"He's better than that," manager Fredi Gonzalez said after Teheran allowed his most earned runs in 11 outings.

The right-hander was the last pitcher to beat the Mets on April 11, giving up one earned run, two hits and four walks over six innings of a 5-3 home win. He's 4-2 with a 2.45 ERA in eight career starts against New York.

Duda went 2 for 3 off Teheran and has gone 6 for 16 with two homers in the matchup since the start of 2013.

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